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During the budget presentation, Prime Minister Gaston Browne revealed that the government of Antigua and Barbuda has allocated over $80 million for the comprehensive development of roads in the country.
This substantial investment is a testament to the government’s commitment to advancing the nation’s infrastructure for the benefit of its citizens and the economy.
The major road rehabilitation project, which is the centerpiece of this initiative, will be primarily financed through resources provided by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
This project aims to renovate and improve the country’s key roadways, including the Sir Sydney Walling Highway, Valley Road North, Anchorage Road, and Old Parham Road.
In 2023, significant progress was made in the construction and resurfacing of these roadways, with all of them expected to be largely completed before the close of 2024.
One of the most noteworthy components of the project is the long-awaited renovation of Darkwood Bridge, which will also be financed by the CDB.
This vital infrastructure upgrade is expected to improve connectivity and contribute to the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation network.
In his address to the Parliament, Prime Minister Gaston Browne emphasized the importance of a comprehensive approach to road construction, repair, and maintenance.
He highlighted that the arteries connecting the country’s communities are crucial to its prosperity.
Through strategic planning and efficient execution, the government aims to enhance connectivity, reduce congestion, and ensure safer driving conditions for motorists.
The allocated funds are earmarked for projects across the length and breadth of Antigua and Barbuda, with a focus on developing several miles of roads on Barbuda.